Featured Research

  • The Role of Oil in ISIL Finances

    Dec 10, 2015

    Sales of oil and refined oil products are the most important single source of recurrent revenues for ISIL. Targeting ISIL's oil loading facilities and heavy trucks can weaken the group, but this alone will not lead to its demise.

  • The French War on Al Qa'ida in Africa

    Dec 10, 2015

    France's 2013 military intervention in Mali to stop Al Qa'ida from advancing was quick, effective, and relatively low cost. What France accomplished offers lessons for the fight against terrorist groups in Africa and worldwide.

  • Jihadist Conspirators in the United States

    Dec 10, 2015

    A review of how terrorists arrived in the United States in the past can help the government prioritize its efforts and resources. But it may not be a reliable indicator of how terrorist organizations could attempt to bring violence to America in the future.

  • Investing in College Student Mental Health Yields Positive Financial Returns

    Dec 10, 2015

    Campus prevention and early intervention programs increased the proportion of California college students receiving mental health services by more than 10 percent. More students will likely graduate, which increases an individual's lifetime earnings and benefits society.

  • Can Big Tobacco's Power Wall Be Breached?

    Dec 9, 2015

    Many convenience stores feature a “power wall” of tobacco products behind the cashier. Hiding the power wall is a promising regulatory option for reducing the impact of tobacco advertising on adolescents.

  • Medicare Home Visits Can Reduce In-Patient Care

    Dec 7, 2015

    A Medicare patient who receives a comprehensive health assessment at home is less likely to be hospitalized or admitted to a nursing home over the next year. Such a program results in patients seeing doctors more often, but is likely to reduce costs by trimming the amount of care provided in the most costly settings.

  • Connecting Consumers to Care

    Dec 4, 2015

    The Affordable Care Act has reduced the number of uninsured; an emerging challenge is to help the newly insured choose coverage wisely and use it to access primary care and preventive services.

  • Integrating Women into the Marine Corps Infantry

    Dec 3, 2015

    The gender integration experiences of foreign militaries — as well as U.S. civilian police and fire departments — can provide valuable lessons for the U.S. Marine Corps as it considers making more opportunities available to women.

  • Reforming the American Military Officer Personnel System

    Dec 2, 2015

    Today's U.S. military personnel system is fundamentally the same one put into place after World War II, with minor changes for officers. Reform efforts should include changes in how personnel are assigned and lengthening military careers.

  • Assessing Homeland Security Risks

    Dec 1, 2015

    The Department of Homeland Security manages a diverse set of risks: terrorism, natural disasters, and major accidents. It is committed to using risk assessment to inform decisions and priorities. But assessing homeland security risks is challenging, in part due to the nature of the risks.

  • How the Syrian Refugee Crisis Can Improve Jordan's Outlook

    Nov 30, 2015

    Syrian refugees might benefit the Jordanian economy by stimulating growth. Donors and lenders have increased their support to Jordan, in turn offering the government an opportunity to improve the lives of both refugees and Jordanian citizens.

  • Difference in Mental Health Treatment Provided by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Private Sector

    Nov 30, 2015

    Comparing the quality of mental health care provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and care provided in the private sector, VA performance was superior by more than 30%.

  • Urgent Attention Is Needed to Improve Education for Syrian Refugee Children

    Nov 23, 2015

    Only half of Syrian refugee children have access to education, with nearly 700,000 not receiving any formal instruction in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Classes are overcrowded and teachers are inexperienced in handling classroom conditions that include traumatized students, some of whom have missed years of school.

  • Hiding Tobacco Products at Convenience Stores Reduces Teens' Risk of Future Tobacco Use

    Nov 23, 2015

    Hiding the tobacco "power wall" reduces adolescents' susceptibility to future cigarette smoking compared to when it is exposed behind the cashier.

  • Do Financial Advisers Influence Savings Behavior?

    Nov 20, 2015

    Financial advisers can play an important role with helping individuals make better financial decisions and improving their financial situations. But does working with a financial adviser improve savings behavior, particularly saving for retirement?

  • What the Paris Attacks Mean for U.S. Strategy in Syria and Homeland Security

    Nov 19, 2015

    Events in the Middle East and Europe have direct implications for U.S. homeland security. And the attacks in Paris have increased pressure to step up the fight in Syria and Iraq. But Americans should consider the threat in context, and adjustments to U.S. strategy in Syria should only be a matter of degrees.

  • The Syrian Refugee Crisis and U.S. National Security

    Nov 19, 2015

    America has a long tradition of offering protection to refugees, and the threat from refugees has historically been relatively low. However, the government should continue to reassess its refugee program and ensure that it safeguards national security.

  • Exploring Cybersecurity Threats and Policy Responses in the EU and Beyond

    Nov 18, 2015

    Existing cybersecurity measures in the EU are fragmented, largely due to gaps in operational capabilities as well as strategic priorities of Member States. However, there are many policy options that may improve the EU's overall cybersecurity approach.

  • The Dynamics of the Conflicts in Syria and Iraq and the Threat Posed by Homegrown Terrorists and Returning Western Fighters

    Nov 18, 2015

    The fighting in Iraq and Syria is likely to continue. How will the dynamics of these conflicts shape the region and events beyond? And what threat do Westerners who've joined jihadists on these battlefields and homegrown terrorists pose to the U.S. homeland?

  • Putting the Brakes on the Obesity Epidemic

    Nov 11, 2015

    The obesity epidemic is arguably one of the nation's most serious health threats. RAND research suggests the causes of the U.S. obesity epidemic are multidimensional and interconnected, requiring more than a one-dimensional solution.